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Coast Guard Calls Out Shell for Ignoring Risks During 2012 Rig Grounding

(Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

In December of 2012, Shell’s Arctic drilling rig, the Kulluk, ran aground during a winter storm. Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard released the results of their investigation into the incident, criticizing Shell for poor management and decision-making. In a press release, the Coast Guard states that the “most significant factor” in the grounding was “the inadequate assessment and management of risks.”


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New Footage from the Desventuradas Expedition

(Photo Oceana | Eduardo Sorensen)

In February 2013, Oceana and National Geographic launched a joint expedition to the Desventuradas, two remote, rocky islands off the coast of Chile. A team of all-star scientists explored one of the last potentially pristine marine environments left in South America. Outfitted with a three-person submarine, the team completed over 280 dives, shooting more than 80 hours of video and 12,000 photos – all completely new to science

To see some of the expedition footage, check out this new video posted by National Geographic:

 


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25 Years Later: Why Alaska Can’t Afford Another Exxon Valdez

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This story appeared as an editorial on the Huffington Post, authored by Susan Murray, Oceana VP for the Pacific, and Dr. Jeffrey Short.

25 Years Later: Why Alaska Can’t Afford another Exxon Valdez
By Jeffrey Short and Susan Murray


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Making Waves: Updates from Oceana Magazine

(Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

In each issue of Oceana magazine, we review recent victories in our Making Waves section. Read for updates from the Winter 2013 issue.

Offshore Wind Energy Gains Momentum on the East Coast


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Clinton Takes the Stage

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner)

In October of last year, Oceana honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Partners Award Gala. Continue reading for coverage of Clinton's remarks in the recent issue of Oceana magazine, plus a video of her speech.


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Miranda Cosgrove Stars in New Oceana PSA to Save Dolphins

(Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

Atlantic dolphins are in danger, and Miranda Cosgrove needs your help to save them. Recently, she joined Oceana in Bimini, Bahamas to swim with Atlantic spotted dolphins and film a new public service announcement (PSA) about how seismic airguns could harm Atlantic dolphins.

“When I first entered the water, the dolphins were playing with each other, swimming side by side, and they were constantly singing to each other—I could hear it! After a while they started to approach me and I could feel them look me in the eye. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Cosgrove.


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Guardian Article Highlights Fishing Tensions in Senegal

(Photo: Oceana / María José Cornax)

You’ve heard a lot lately about our campaign to save the oceans and feed the world— simultaneously fighting hunger and revitalizing ocean ecosystems. The Guardian recently ran a great story that emphasizes how declining fish populations are a personal, pressing problem for many people across the globe. Reporter Martine Valo reveals how traditional communities in Senegal are competing with foreign fish-processing factories for dwindling fish catches.


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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Grants $3 million to Oceana

(Photo: Oceana / Jenn Hueting)

Oceana is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $3 million grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. The grant will aid our efforts to protect threatened ocean habitat and keystone marine species in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

“Protecting our planet’s oceans and the marine species that call it home is one of the most pressing sustainability crises facing humanity today and a moral imperative that we must acknowledge,” DiCaprio said. “It’s my hope that this grant will help Oceana continue the tremendous work that they do daily on behalf of our oceans.”


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Arctic Summit to Address Competing Interests

(Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Arctic is one of the world’s most spectacular ecosystems, but it’s also one of the most at-risk. Climate change is already changing this ice-filled landscape, while countries and corporations compete for a its rich natural resources, untapped sources of energy, and emerging trade routes.


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Supporter Spotlight: Summer Osterman

(Photo: Summer Osterman)

In each issue of Oceana magazine, we sit down with one of Oceana’s many supporters to learn why they are passionate about the oceans. In the most recent issue, we chatted with Summer Osterman, a yacht charter broker with Burgess Yachts. You can read our Q&A below below.


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